Udit Singhal (18 years), the founder of Glass2Sand, a zero waste ecosystem to control the increasing menace of glass waste in Delhi, has been named to the 2020 Cohort of young leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) by the United Nations(UN).
The Cohort of Young Leaders for SDGs:
i.This is the highest profile recognition for the youngsters (between the ages of 18 and 29) who are working towards the most pressing issues of the world and youths whose leadership speed up the achievements of SDGs.
ii.The 2020 Class of 17 Young Leaders for SDGs includes the representatives from Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Ireland, Liberia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Senegal, Turkey, Uganda and the United States.
iii.This class of young leaders is reorganised on a biennial basis by the Office of UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth.
About Udit Singhal:
Udit Singhal was a student of British School in New Delhi where he initiated his Glass2 Sand Project in 2018.
i.Glass2Sand collects the glass bottles and crushed them into commercially valuable sand.
ii.The Galss2Sand have prevented around 8000 bottles from being dumped into the landfills and have produced 4815 kilograms(Kg) of high grade silica sands with them.
Recent Related News:
i.On June 5, 2020 The United Nations Association for Development and Peace(UNADAP) appointed 13-year-old Madurai girl Nethra as its ‘Goodwill Ambassador to the Poor’.
ii.On July 27, 2020 The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres named Indian climate activist Archana Soreng among 7 members to his new Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change. The members will advise him regularly on accelerating global action and also provide solutions to tackle the worsening climate crisis. This is to mobilize climate action as part of the COVID-19 recovery efforts.
About Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth:
Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth– Jayathma Wickramanayake
Headquarters– New York, United States of America(USA)